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Wayne County Sheriff's Office

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of Cpl. Ernest Robinson. He passed this morning due to Covid at 50 years old. Further information and arrangements are forthcoming. Please keep the Robinson and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office families in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. Thank you for your support.

-Sheriff Washington

Sheriff Washington was honored to be the keynote speaker and join other community leaders at the city of Westland’s annual celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy on Monday. “We’ve made giant steps forward, but there is so much to be done,” said Washington. “Let’s all continue his work!”

Sheriff Washington was honored to be invited by Pastor Marcus Lovelace of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church to be the keynote speaker and represent law enforcement officers. “Thank you to the men & women of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office & those who protect & serve across the country. We appreciate your daily sacrifices,” said Sheriff Washington. “We also honor those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. You will never be forgotten.”

“Always proud to partner with Detroit Police and our other local, state and federal agencies,” said Sheriff Washington. “We’re working strong and we’re working together to reduce crime in the city of Detroit. As I always say, we’re much #StrongerTogether and we’re going to continue to be here for you!!”

After a Detroit grandmother was killed by a stray bullet while ringing in the New Year in 1996, community leaders come together to urge people to avoid celebratory gunfire. Sheriff Raphael Washington said, “I don’t know what the thought is. They shoot a weapon, and they just think, ‘oh the bullet is just going to disappear.’ No, it’s coming down.” This message has been pushed for almost 25 years.

Everyone at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is remembering the late Benny N. Napoleon one year after he lost his battle to Covid-19. Benny fought hard. He was a phenomenal Wayne County Sheriff and an exceptional human being. As we remember the first-year anniversary of Benny being called home, we’re encouraging all our staff and friends to get fully vaccinated and continue to be as careful as they can. Benny couldn’t wait to get vaccinated. That’s all he wanted. We do not want to lose any more loved ones to this virus that has ravaged our country and the world. We send our love to Benny’s family and friends and those missing him, especially on this day. I plan to celebrate him in my own, private way by remembering him, praying for continued comfort for his family, and doing what I know Benny would want me to do: keep putting in the work and taking [...]

I, along with my staff and volunteers from the Wayne County Sheriff’s office, LOVED being a blessing to 200 kids and more than 60 families during our annual No Child Without a Christmas once again today. Each child received a $200 gift card and each parent received $100 gift cards. Seeing the joy and excitement on their faces was a truly heartwarming experience. Thank you to our sponsors: WCSYSEF, AT&T, Meijer and others!

I received these joyous packages when I was a kid, and I’ve been blessed to be able to give back with Detroit Goodfellows since 1985. Every child deserves a happy holiday, but for some, that isn’t a reality. Just $40 can get a child a beautiful care package. Thank you to Detroit Goodfellows for putting smiles on the faces of more than 30,000 area kids each year!! Donate if you can, or if you need a helping hand:

Ho, ho, oh no! Is that a traffic ticket!? Nope! Santa was on patrol in December! Sheriff Raphael Washington and some of our Wayne County Sheriff deputies handed out $100-$250 Kroger gift cards instead of tickets! Undersheriff Mike Jaafar even wore a beard as they spread a little holiday cheer!

Sheriff Raphael Washington and members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office welcomed 15 new members to the agency during its Promotions & Jailers’ Training Graduation in December 2021. The ceremony marked the end of seven weeks of classroom instruction and testing along with physical and mental health training, custody and security, and use of force training. After completing the 160-hour program, these students showed they have what it takes to proudly serve the people of Wayne County: “Congratulations to the hard-working men and women joining our great agency,” said Sheriff Washington. “We look forward to adding many more graduates to our ranks in 2022.”

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